New Release Roundup 24th November 17

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built The Moon?: The latest album from NG is a big departure from his previous two solo efforts on the surface, but you quickly realise it’s not that out there. Lead single ‘Holy Mountain’ is catchy, but it sounds like a Ricky Martin covering something The Vaccines’ last album. Unfortunately, in my opinion, that is the standout track on the album. It’s A Beautiful World sounds like your standard Noel track but without any of the punchy rock production that made his 1st album so successful. Following that, a long run of forgettable tracks – and that’s it. As you weren’t. 40%

Morrissey – Low in High School: It’s a shame that this album is so poor and obviously fuelled by his personal opinions and general dickery, because his voice is still there and sounds great. No real standout tracks on this album at all, with the lead single ‘Spent The Day In Bed’ becoming more and more irritating every time I hear it. Compared to his briliant ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ album, this is uninspired and drab. 20%

Craig David & Bastille – I Know You: I wasn’t expecting too much from this, but rather than having a big, cheesy arena-sized banger of a chorus, this track opts for a minimal beat drop. It’s alright to be fair. 66%

One Bit & Noah Cyrus –My Way: A great, fun dance track from elecronic duo One Bit, with Noah Cyrus providing a great vocal performance. Wouldn’t mind this becoming a big hit. 70%

The Orielles – Let Your Dogtooth Grow: Another super track from Halifax indie group The Orielles. Very excited for their debut album now. 85%

Dua Lipa x Initial Talk – New Rules 80s Remix: It was a banger to begin with, but this remix has elevated it to pretty much perfect pop. 80%

Rae Morris – Atletico: A really well produced, catchy pop single from Rae with a v good vocal performance. 75%

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New Release Roundup: 20th October 17

MGMT – Little Dark Age:  A great returning single from MGMT, ‘Little Dark Age’ is a dark, groovy electro-pop song that still brings through the quirky personality of the American duo. Perfect for any indie Halloween parties. 90%

Nick J.D. Hodgson – Suitable: ‘Suitable’ is the debut single from ex Kaiser Chief, songwriter and Producer Nick Hodgson, and it’s rather nice; the calm, but very catchy track isn’t likely to leave your head anytime soon. 92%

The Go! Team – Semicircle Song: Another great comeback single! ‘Semicircle Song’ is an upbeat track with a lot of personality – exactly what you would expect from The Go! Team, but in the best possible way. 95%

Gengahr – Mallory: The second single from Gengahr’s upcoming album is showing even more promise for the full length project. 85%

The Surfing Magazines – One of These Days: This is a peaceful, plodding track taken from The Surfing Magazines’ debut album. 70%

Taylor Swift – Gorgeous: This is the worst song so far from Taylor’s upcoming ‘Reputation’ album. The other 2 singles haven’t been great but they at least had a bit of personality about them, even if they were really annoying. This is just a really bland pop track. 30%

 

4/8/17 New Release Roundup

Singles

Weaves – #53: ‘#53′ is the first single to be taken from Weaves’ just announced album ‘Wide Open’ out in October. The track is a great piece of indie-rock, really opening up and developing towards the end; with the instrumental sounding like it could be used on coverage of the Olympics, in a good way. 80%

Everything Everything – Desire: The second single from Everything Everything’s upcoming album ‘A Fever Dream’ is one of the best songs I have heard this year so far. ‘Desire’ is EE at their poppiest, with a brilliant vocal performance from Jonathan Higgs really bringing the track to life. 98%

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – Havana: A catchy, fun new single from ex-5th Harmony member Camila Cabello; be warned though as this song will not leave your head after a few listens. 75%

Jake Bugg – How Soon The Dawn: This new single taken from Jake Bugg’s upcoming album ‘Hearts That Strain’ is a stripped back, very peaceful track, one of his best for a while. 83%

The Cribs – What Have You Done For Me?: The Cribs’ upcoming album ’24-7 Rock Star Shit’ is out on the 11th August, and this is the latest track to be taken from it. It’s alright. 60%

 

 

Tramlines 2017 Review

FRIDAY

Opening up the main stage for this year’s Tramlines were local band Liberty Ship, who definitely deserved that big slot, providing an upbeat set of crowd-pleasing indie rock that kicked things off proper.

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Drawing a big crowd fairly early on, Twin Atlantic were one of the tightest acts of the weekend, kicking their set off with ‘Whispers’ from last year’s GLA album.

After a few songs from them however, I had to dash over to the Devonshire Green stage to catch US Hip Hop Legends The Pharcyde. PS2.JPG

One of the most high-energy, fun sets of the weekend came from The Pharcyde.

Getting the crowd moving and making noise on every song, and Bootie doing his part from Dirty Harry by Gorillaz was one of my highlights of the weekend.

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Closing the Devonshire Green stage on Friday was Mercury nominated grime legend Kano.  Alongside an incredible live band, Kano performed cuts from his latest album, Made in The Manor alongside some old favourites. Many big grime acts have someone else to fill in the gaps when they need to take a breath bars, but Kano did not need that at all, effortlessly spitting even through the rain.

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SATURDAY

Saturday was wet. But that didn’t stop Sheffield. The first act of the day for me were the ever-brilliant Estrons.

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As punchy as ever, Estrons delivered a great set to an upbeat Dev Green crowd despite the threatening weather, with big hitters ‘Make a Man’ and ‘Drop’ getting the slightly damp crowd moving.

Next up were another act that I had seen a few times before, and knew that they would be great; Spring King.

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I was expecting a good crowd for Spring King, but they had the liveliest crowd of the weekend, with most songs ending up with a mosh pit, much to the delight of Tarek and co.

After a short, very wet interlude, it was time for the Saturday night headliners, Primal Scream.

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A large amount of people had left before Primal Scream had even started, the weather was that bad. But those who braved the rain knew they had made the right decision as soon as the opening of ‘Movin on Up’ blasted out across the Ponderosa. A greatest hits set in the biggest way possible, massive track like ‘Loaded’, ‘Rocks’ and ‘Come Together’ did their best to shake away the clouds.

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SUNDAY

Having mostly dried off from the night before, it was out to the main stage for Akala.

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Akala drew a massive crowd for 3 in the afternoon, bringing his fire from the booth to the Tramlines main stage.

After Akala’s short and sharp set, Loyle Carner took to the (very smartly dressed) stage.

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Launching into his set with ‘The Isle of Arran’, Loyle played a blinder of a set, getting a great reception from the main stage crowd. Witty lyrics with great delivery made for one of the highlights of the festival, with set closer ‘NO CD’ going off in a big way.

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After Loyle, it was back over to Devonshire Green for The Big Moon. tbm13.JPG

Starting off with ‘Silent Movie Susie’ before ripping through most of ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’, The Big Moon were one of the best acts of the weekend.

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Closing Tramlines 2017 were Metronomy.m6.JPG

Despite it being another wet one, the main stage was rammed. ‘Back Together’ from ‘Summer ’08’ kicked off Metronomy’s hit filled set, with ‘Old Skool’ from the same album following that. The whole hour was filled with memorable synth lines that got Sheffield grooving in the rain, from ‘The Bay’ right through to closer ‘Reservoir’. The final, and best act of the weekend.

Overall, another great year for Tramlines. Very well organised with very friendly, helpful staff and one of the most diverse festival lineups I have seen this year.

97%

7/7/17 New Release Roundup

Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses: The second track from Wolf Alice’s upcoming second album is nowhere near as angry as the first cut from the record, but it is just as good, with Ellie’s vocals sounding strong without being vicious. 85%

dodie – 6/10: The new single from dodie starts off as a subtle piano ballad before the vocals layer up beautifully towards the end of the track. 84%

Ella Taylor – summer sun: This shoegazey, summery track from Ella has real charm to it, with a subtle synth melody over the top of the lo-fi vocals. I like the little groovy synth bit right at the end too. 85%

Ghostpoet – Freakshow: Another great single from Ghostpoet, Freakshow has a similar tone to previous release ‘Immigrant Boogie’ but this track packs more of a punch, with a really catchy repeated guitar riff in the chorus. 90%

AlunaGeorge – Turn Up The Love: This is a really catchy synth-pop song from AlunaGeorge, which is exactly what you would expect from them really. 75%

Coldplay – A L I E N S: Unfortunately this seems to echo more of Coldplay’s dull and uninspired ‘Ghost Stories’ album rather than their last, joyful, colourful album that was the best they had been for a long time. Shame. 40%

Zedd and Liam Payne – Get Low: He really is the worst one from 1D isn’t he? 20%

Mura Masa ft. Tom Tripp – helpline: Another great track from Mura Masa’s upcoming self-titled album, with another great collaborator in Tom Tripp bringing great vocals to the cut. 80%